Outrage directed at online torment following bullied teen Amanda Todd's suicide
Some Facebook pages have now been created to combat bullies who continue to mock Amanda Todd days after she killed herself following years of bullying.
Those close to Amanda Todd, the Port Coquitlam teen who took her own life Wednesday following years of torment from bullies, are outraged over Facebook groups mocking the girl even in her death.
Although numerous social media tributes and worldwide vigils have popped up since Todd’s suicide last week, other webpages include comments and pictures ridiculing the girl for committing suicide.
But another Facebook page — Amanda Todd Reporting Team — went live over the weekend in an effort to compile reports of any inappropriate messages or images tainting the memories of the 15-year-old.
Mitra Rafievan, a friend of Todd’s when they both attended Maple Ridge Secondary School, said she fell down crying upon hearing of her former classmate’s passing.
“I’ve seen the Facebook pages that are still making fun of her and it kills me inside that people can be still so cruel toward (her) even after she’s dead,” the high school student told 24 hours.
Philip Pol, a friend of Todd’s older brother, said in an email he found the websites “disgusting,” adding “just because it is online, they feel out of touch (with) what they actually did.”
Todd posted a YouTube video about a month ago detailing how she’d been subject to intense bullying after making the mistake of exposing her breasts over a webcam when she was in Grade 7.
She described how an online stalker continued sending nude photos to her peers, forcing her to switch schools three times, which is turn lead to the bullying.
One incident resulted in Todd’s hospitalization when she came home and drank bleach following a fight at school.
Photoshopped images of the teen standing with bottles of bleach are among the tamer photos posted online.
Meanwhile, investigators announced Saturday they have received more than 400 tips from across the globe regarding Todd’s death.
RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen told reporters both police and Todd’s family are asking people to stop posting inappropriate comments and pictures.
An unofficial memorial service for Todd is planned for Monday at 4 p.m. at Maple Ridge’s Peace Park.